Friday, October 27, 2017

NCC-Mac October 2017 Meeting Followup

At the meeting I put in a plug for Yes, they do pay off! Today I received this $10 check for the 280+ floppy and Zip disks I sent in at the start of the month.

Slideshow of the October 2017 NCC-Mac Meeting

Here is the link to the slideshow which includes the tedious procedure for "upgrading" iTunes 12.7 to iTunes 12.6.3.

Outline of October 2017 NCC-Mac Meeting

If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
iOS 11.0.2
iOS 11.0.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad. This update:
Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices
Addresses an issue that could cause some photos to become hidden
Fixes an issue where attachments in S/MIME encrypted emails would not open
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
watchOS 4.0.1
watchOS 4.0.1 fixes issues that were causing Apple Watch to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks, such as those often found in public places like coffee shops and hotels, which direct the user to a web page before the network can be accessed.
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
macOS 10.13 Supplemental
This supplemental update includes improvements to the the stability, reliability and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all macOS High Sierra users. This update:
• Improves installer robustness
• Fixes a cursor graphic bug when using Adobe InDesign
• Resolves an issue where email messages couldn’t be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail
For more information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
Post Date: Oct 5, 2017
File Size: 923.4 MB
iTunes 12.6.3
iOS 11.0.3
iOS 11.0.3 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update:
Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices
Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts
Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See for more information.
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
Xcode 9.0.1
Oct 16 '17
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New in Version 9.0.1
Xcode 9.0.1 includes Swift 4 and SDKs for iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS High Sierra 10.13
• Simulator improvements for iPhone X
• Fixes a problem where the Test Navigator could become out of sync with available tests
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
iTunes U 3.6
Oct 17 '17
iOS Universal Education
What's New
• iTunes U collections were migrated to Apple Podcasts and no longer appear in the iTunes U app. You can now view iTunes U collections in the Podcasts section of iTunes on Mac or PC, or in the Podcasts app on iOS devices or Apple TV. 
• Performance improvements for accounts with a large number of courses
Apple TV Remote 1.2.1
Oct 23 '17
iOS Universal Entertainment
What's New
This update includes bug fixes.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
How to "upgrade" from iTunes 12.7 to iTunes 12.6.3
You want iTunes 12.6.3 if you maintain an iOS device, and should you need to restore it, do not relish the idea of re-downloading all your apps. (Rural Internet)
Download the iTunes installer image from the link at
If you currently have iTunes 12.6.2 or earlier installed…
Go ahead and install version 12.6.3. You should have no problems.
If you have allowed App Store to install iTunes 12.7…
If you have not yet launched iTunes 12.7…
Go ahead and install version 12.6.3. Hopefully you should have no problems.
Launch iTunes. Make sure one of the Music Libraries, NOT playlists, is selected in the sidebar. Select File->Library->Export Library…
Save Library.xml to the Desktop.
Make a note which Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, etc. you currently sync. These settings may get changed.
Quit iTunes. Go to your Music folder. Rename the iTunes folder. (I used "iTunes 12.7") This folder can be trashed or archived eventually.
Run the iTunes 12.6.3 installer.
Launch iTunes. You will need to create a new iTunes Library. Name it “iTunes” in your Music folder.
Select File->Add to Library…
Select the iTunes 12.7 folder in the Music folder and click Open
You may get ‘An older version of “something” already exists…’ Make sure Apply to all is checked, then click Don’t Replace.
Select File->Library->Import Playlist…
Select Library.xml that you saved to your Desktop.
You may get a message that some items could not be found. Oh well…
Now you should have all your playlists back. There may be duplicates of some Apple-created playlists. Delete the ones you don’t want.
Select View->Media Kind->Apps. Click Update All Apps. There may be many, and you will have to enter your Apple ID and Password for every damned one.
Review that your sync settings are what you want them to be. You'll probably have to re-sync your whole Music Library. Sync Away.
Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, October 22, 2017

NCC-Mac October 2017 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, October 26, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month find out how obsessive I can be about iTunes. Or not, you decide.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Outline of September 2017 NCC-Mac Meeting

If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
iMovie 2.2.4
Sep 05 '17
iOS Universal Photography
What's New
• Start projects quickly by selecting multiple photos and videos
• Share to Facebook and Vimeo using the standard iOS share interface
• Support for Shared iPad in iOS 9.3 or later
• Stability and performance improvements
WWDC 6.0.2
Sep 08 '17
iOS Universal Reference
What's New
This minor update includes the following changes:
• Fixes a crash when watching videos within the schedule tab on iPad.
• Fixes a crash occurring in the app on Apple Watch.
• Improves browsing in featured videos.
iTunes 12.7
The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. It adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices and includes new features for—
Apple Music. Now discover music with friends. Members can create profiles and follow each other to see music they are listening to and any playlists they’ve shared.
Podcasts. iTunes U collections are now part of the Apple Podcasts family. Search and explore free educational content produced by leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions all in one place.
If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac.
Post Date: Sep 12, 2017
System Requirements
    • Mac computer with an Intel processor
    • To play 720p HD video, an iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras, a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor is required
    • To play 1080p HD video, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor and 2GB of RAM is required
    • Screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater; 1280x800 or greater is required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras
    • Internet connection to use Apple Music, the iTunes Store, and iTunes Extras
    • Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio, MP3, or back-up CDs; some non-Apple CD-RW recorders may also work. Songs from the Apple Music catalog cannot be burned to a CD
    • OS X version 10.10.5 or later
    • 400MB of available disk space
    • Apple Music, iTunes Store, and iTunes Match availability may vary by country
    • Apple Music trial requires sign up
Swift Playgrounds 1.6
Sep 19 '17
iOS iPad Education
What's New
Command robots, pilot drones, and make music with Swift code you write. The new Accessories tab includes immersive playgrounds and starter templates to build your own playgrounds for the following hardware devices:
• Sphero SPRK+
• Parrot drones Mambo, Rolling Spider, and Airborne
• MeeBot by Jimu Robots
• Dash by Wonder Workshop
• Skoog musical instrument
Xcode 9.0
Sep 19 '17
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9 includes Swift 4 and SDKs for iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS High Sierra 10.13
- Refactoring makes it easy to modify the structure of Swift, Objective-C, C, and C++ code
- Code editor is blazingly fast and responsive and adds native support for Markdown syntax
- Fix-its apply multiple improvements to your code in a single click, and can even add required protocol methods
- New Source Control navigator and integrated GitHub accounts make it easy to manage code across a team
- Wireless installation and debugging for iOS and tvOS apps on devices over the network
- Simulator looks and behaves more like a real device and can simulate multiple devices at a time
- iOS playground templates create documents that work in both Xcode and Swift Playgrounds on iPad
- Find navigator is incredibly fast and results show up instantly
- Project navigator automatically keeps files and groups in sync with Finder and source control
- Xcode Server no longer requires macOS Server and can be fully configured in Xcode preferences
- Next-generation build system improves reliability and performance when building many projects (optionally enabled)
- Swift 4 compiler can also build Swift 3 code to enable staged migration, one module at a time
- Latest SDKs include the Core ML framework for machine learning and ARKit for augmented reality
iBooks 4.13
Sep 19 '17
iOS Universal Books
What's New
Bug fixes
Music Memos 1.0.4
Sep 19 '17
iOS Universal Music
What's New
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
Pages 6.3
Sep 19 '17
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Improved PDF export lets you view a document's table of contents in the sidebar in PDF viewer apps such as Preview
• Drag and drop rows in tables that span multiple pages
• Performance and stability improvements
Numbers 4.3
Sep 19 '17
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Performance and stability improvements
Keynote 7.3
Sep 19 '17
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• New ability to filter the object list by typing object names
• Performance and stability improvements
Pages 3.3
Sep 19 '17
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Enhance your documents using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
• Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
• Add linked text boxes so text easily flows from one place to another
• New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
• New page thumbnail view allows you to easily navigate your document
• Export documents as fixed layout ePub books
• Change margins, headers, footers and paper size while collaborating
Numbers 3.3
Sep 19 '17
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Enhance your spreadsheets using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
• Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
• Support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets
• New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
• The Insert Stock Quote feature and the Stock and Currency functions now return data from the previous market day’s close.
Keynote 3.3
Sep 19 '17
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Enhance your presentations using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
• Easily rearrange your slides with the new Light Table view
• Edit presenter notes while viewing slides
• Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
• New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
• Improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages
Safari 11
Safari 11 Released for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan
Tuesday September 19, 2017 10:59 AM PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple today released Safari 11.0 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan. The update adds new media-related features, plus improvements to privacy, compatibility, and security. 
Notably, in Safari 11, the web browser blocks videos with audio from automatically playing on most websites. Other new features are outlined in our macOS High Sierra roundup. 
Stops media with audio from automatically playing on most websites
Adds the ability to configure Reader, content blockers, page zoom, and auto-play settings on a per-website basis, or for all websites
Improves AutoFill accuracy from Contacts cards
Includes updated media controls for HTML video and audio
Enhances performance and efficiency
Safari 11 was first introduced in macOS High Sierra, which will be publicly released on September 25. 
iOS 11
App Store
All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday
New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides, and more
New Games tab to find new games and see what's most popular with top game charts
Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts, and app categories
App pages include more video previews, Editors' Choice badges, easier access to user ratings, and information about in-app purchases
New Siri voice is more natural and expressive
Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, and Messages
Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders
Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances
Works with apps that display QR codes
Hindi and Shanghainese dictation
Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and True Tone flash
Photos and videos will take up half the space with the new HEIF and HEVC image and video formats
Redesigned set of nine filters optimized for natural skin tones
Automatically identify and scan QR codes
Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure Live Photo effects
Mute, trim, or choose a new key photo for Live Photos
Memory Movies automatically adapt content for portrait and landscape orientation
More than a dozen new memory types including pets, babies, weddings, and sporting events
People album is more accurate and stays up to date across devices with iCloud Photo Library
Animated GIF support
Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers
Lane guidance and speed limit information with Turn-by-turn directions
One-handed zoom with double tap and swipe
Interact with Flyover by moving your device
Do Not Disturb while Driving
Automatically silences notifications while driving and keeps iPhone silent and display off
Optional iMessage auto reply to alert selected contacts that you're driving
New features designed for iPad
An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active apps
Dock resizes so you can add all of your favorite apps
Recently used and Continuity apps are available on the right 
Enhanced Slide Over and Split View
Apps can be easily started in Slide Over and Split View from the Dock
Slide Over and background apps now run simultaneously
Apps in Slide Over and Split View can now be placed on the left side of the screen
Drag and drop
Move text, images, and files between apps on iPad
Multi-Touch to move multiple items at the same time
Spring-loading to move content between apps 
Markup works across documents, PDFs, webpages, photos and more
Instant markup anything in iOS - just place Apple Pencil on what you want to mark
Create a PDF and markup anything that can be printed
Instantly create a new note by tapping on Lock Screen with Apple Pencil
Inline drawing available by simply placing Apple Pencil in body of a note
Search handwritten text
Document scanner autocorrects for skewing and uses image filters to remove shadows
Table support to organize and display information
Pin important notes to the top of the list
All-new Files app to browse, search and organize files
Works with iCloud Drive and 3rd party cloud file providers
Recents view for quick access to recently used files across all apps and cloud services
Create folders and sort files by name, date, size and tags
Flick down on letter keys to enter numbers, symbols and punctuation marks on iPad
One-handed keyboard support on iPhone
New keyboards for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili, and Welsh
English input on the 10-key Pinyin keyboard
English input on the Japanese Romaji keyboard
New accessory types including AirPlay 2 speakers, sprinklers and faucets
Expanded occupancy, time and accessory based triggers
QR code and tap to pair accessory setup support
Augmented Reality
Augmented reality technologies that apps from the App Store can use to deliver content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more
Machine Learning
Core machine learning technologies that apps from the App Store can use to deliver intelligent features with machine learning data processed on device for high performance and user privacy
Other features and improvements
Control Center redesign brings all controls on one page
Control Center custom controls including accessibility, guided access, magnifier, text size, screen recording and Wallet
Apple Music now helps you discover music with friends. Create a profile so friends can listen to playlists you've shared and see the music you listen to most
Apple News now includes Top Stories picked just for you, recommendations from Siri, the best videos of the day in Today View, and great stories selected by our editors in the new Spotlight tab
Automatic Setup signs you in to iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime with your Apple ID
Automatic Setup restores device settings including language, region, network, keyboard preferences, places you frequently visit, how you talk to Siri, home and health data
Easily share access to your Wi-Fi networks
Storage optimization notifications and free up space in Settings for apps like Photos, Messages, and more
Emergency SOS calls emergency services based on your current location and automatically notifies emergency contacts, shares your location, and displays your Medical ID
FaceTime lets you capture Live Photos from the other person's Mac or iPhone camera
Easily check Flight status in Spotlight and Safari
Definitions, conversions and math support in Safari
Russian and English bilingual dictionary
Portuguese and English bilingual dictionary
Arabic system font support
VoiceOver descriptions support for images
VoiceOver tables and lists support in PDFs
Type to Siri support for basic search queries
Spoken and braille caption support for videos
Dynamic Type increases text and app UI to larger sizes
Redesigned Invert Colors make media content easier to view
Highlight Colors improvements in Speak Selection and Speak Screen
Switch Control typing can scan and type whole words at a time
iOS 11 is performance optimized for 64-bit apps. 32-bit apps will need to be updated by the app developer to work with this version of iOS.
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: and
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
Published Date: Sep 19, 2017
tvOS 11
Apple Releases tvOS 11 With Home Screen Syncing, Auto Dark Mode, and 4K Support for New Apple TV
Tuesday September 19, 2017 10:00 AM PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released tvOS 11, the latest operating system designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 11 is something of a minor update, but does bring some notable feature improvements to the tvOS operating system. 
tvOS 11 can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 11 automatically. 
The tvOS 11 update introduces full support for AirPods, AirPlay 2 support, automatic switching between light and dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options designed to keep multiple Apple TVs in a single household in sync, and new background modes and notification support. 
On the more technical side, the update includes Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, improvements to Mobile Device Management, and more. 
For the fifth-generation Apple TV, aka the Apple TV 4K, the tvOS 11 update introduces support for 4K content. Apple's new 4K Apple TV will ship with tvOS 11 installed by default. 
Additional improvements to the TV app for Apple TV and iOS devices will bring support for live news and live sports following the release of tvOS 11 and iOS 11, and later this fall, tvOS 11 will gain support for the Amazon Prime Video app. 
tvOS 11 is limited to the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models and is not available on earlier models.
watchOS 4
Watch Faces
New Siri face that intelligently updates information based on time of day, location, and daily routines
New animated Toy Story faces featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and more
New Kaleidoscope face that turns static images into symmetrical, intertwining patterns
New complications for Siri, News, Heart Rate, Now Playing, and Messages 
Intelligent and personalized notifications to help you close your Activity rings each day
Monthly challenges based on the previous month's activity levels
New full screen animations to celebrate important milestones including earning an achievement and closing your rings
Replies to activity sharing notifications now include workout metrics
Redesigned app for quick starts and helpful workout type graphics 
New High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout with custom motion and heart rate algorithms for more accurate calorie tracking
Support for multiple workout types in one workout session
Auto sets for Pool Swim workouts with distance for each stroke type and pace for each set, automatically adjusted for rest time 
Ability to automatically start a synced music playlist when you start a workout on Apple Watch Series 1 and later
Access to music controls directly in the Workout app during a workout session
Option for Do Not Disturb to be automatically turned on during workouts
Heart Rate
New visual graph showing all-day heart rate
New heart rate measurements and visual graphs for resting rate (Apple Watch Series 1 and later), walking average, workout average and high, recovery time, and sessions in the Breathe app
Option to be notified if your heart rate rises above a specified threshold while you appeared to be inactive for a 10-minute period 
Current and historical details of heart rate data in the Health app on iPhone, including new Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and VO2 Max data types
Redesigned app for easy scrolling through album art
Ability to sync multiple playlists for local playback with bluetooth headphones
Automatically sync curated playlists from Apple Music including Heavy Rotation, My New Music Mix, and My Favorites Mix
Other features and improvements 
News app with summaries of Top Stories and save for later to read on iPhone
Flashlight and Safety Light in Control Center 
Vertical scrolling through recently used apps in the Dock
App home screen available in an alphabetical list view
Mail compose and swipe gestures
Dialer pad in the Phone app
Conflicts displayed in Calendar invites
Scribble support for German
Sub-minute and repeating timers
Suggested and recent locations in Maps
Contacts and locations in smart replies
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit:
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
Published Date: Sep 19, 2017
Swift Playgrounds 1.6.1
Sep 25 '17
iOS iPad Education
What's New
• New Augmented Reality challenge uses ARKit to show Byte’s virtual world within the real world
• You can now access the iPad camera from your code
• Errors in your code are more clearly explained
• Your code can take advantage of Swift 4 and the iOS 11 SDK 
• New languages for the app and the Learn to Code 1 lessons include: Spanish (Spain), Italian, Dutch, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Portuguese (Brazil)
* ARKit features require an iPad Pro or iPad (5th generation) running iOS 11
iMovie 10.1.7
Sep 25 '17
Mac OS Video
What's New
• Improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of iMovie
• Addresses an issue which could lower the volume of clips after transitions
macOS 10.13 High Sierra
macOS High Sierra introduces new core technologies that improve the most important functions of your Mac. From rearchitecting how it stores your data to improving the efficiency of video streaming to unleashing the full power of your graphics processor, it’s all central to today’s Mac experience.
Apple File System. Your data is under new management. Your documents. Your photos. Your mail. Your apps. To your Mac, everything you care about is data. And a file system is what organizes all that data into files and folders you can access with a click. Our current file system was designed in the early days of Mac, and it has performed beautifully ever since. But today’s flash‑based Mac systems open up new possibilities for innovation, so it’s time to lay a new foundation. With macOS High Sierra, we’re introducing the Apple File System to every Mac with all‑flash internal storage, with an advanced architecture that brings a new level of security and responsiveness.
HEVC. The new standard for video. With the rising popularity of 4K video, a new industry standard arrives on Mac - HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265).1 It can compress video up to 40 percent more than H.264, the current standard for video compression. Using HEVC, videos stream better and take up less space on your Mac, while preserving the same visual quality.
Metal 2. A graphics game changer. Today’s Mac experience relies more than ever on the graphics processor (GPU) in your computer. And GPUs are becoming more and more powerful. Metal is a technology built into macOS that allows apps to unleash the full power of the GPU. Now Metal 2 not only takes the visual experience to the next level, but also adds capabilities like machine learning, virtual reality, and external GPU support for entertainment and professional creative apps. Whether you play games, create content, or develop software, Metal 2 provides the power to bring your imagination to life.
Virtual reality for Mac. It’s a whole new world. macOS High Sierra lets developers create interactive virtual reality experiences on Mac for the first time, using the new iMac with Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pro coming in late 2017, or any supported Mac paired with an external GPU.3 With optimized support for Valve’s SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset, and content creation apps like Final Cut Pro X, Epic Unreal 4 Editor, and Unity Editor, developers have everything they need to create immersive new worlds for you to explore.
iOS 11.0.1
iOS 11.0.1 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad.
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
The next meeting will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
Apple Special Event, September 2017
Q&A, General Discussion